Genetically modified plants offer hope for HIV prevention
Alison W. Bullock & Katherine LaGrave/Medill
Scientists around the world have begun developing vaccines and creams from genetically altered crops of corn and tobacco. These microbicide medicines could prevent the transfer of sexually transmitted infections and HIV.
Tests in South Africa are paving the way for an HIV preventive method called microbicides. The governments in the U.S., the United Kingdom and South Africa funded the research, and regulatory agencies have already made the drug a priority.